Character actor Ned Eisenberg, who had a long running role as defence attorney Roger Kressler on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, passed away on February 27 from cancer at his home in New York City. He was 65.
His representatives at Nicolosi & Co. made the announcement on his wife’s (the actress Patricia Dunnock) and family’s behalf.
Dunnock stated in a statement, “As Ned would say, he was struck by two extremely unusual assassins – cholangiocarcinoma and ocular melanoma.” For two years, he fought the cancers secretly while keeping his job in show industry to pay for his family’s medical expenses.
Eisenberg, a Bronx native, has been acting on screen since the early 1980s, when he appeared in four episodes of Miami Vice and, in 1990, when he starred alongside Christopher Meloni and Joe Pantoliano in the ill-fated comedy The Fanelli Boys.
Since then, he has appeared on many popular television shows, such as Dear John, The Sopranos, Dash and Lilly, NYPD Blue, Rescue Me, The Black Donnellys, Law & Order, The Plot Against America, The Blacklist, Elementary, Bull, White Collar, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, 30 Rock, The Big C, New Amsterdam, The Night Of, Little Voice, Person of Interest, and HBO’s Mare of Easttown, in which he plays Detective
Recently, he made an appearance on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel playing the role of Lou Rabinowitz.
Eisenberg also had an active film career, appearing as both Sally Mendoza in Million Dollar Baby (2004) and photographer Joe Rosenthal in Flags of Our Fathers (2006), both directed by Clint Eastwood.
The World Trade Center (directed by Oliver Stone), Limitless, Won’t Back Down, Experimenter, Asher, The Exterminator, The Burning, Moving Violations, Air America, Last Man Standing, Primary Colors, and A Civil Action (directed by Steven Zaillian) are among his other film credits.
Eisenberg’s Broadway acting debut came in 2000’s The Green Bird, and he later returned for the production of Awake and Sing! in 2006. There have been subsequent productions of Golden Boy and Rocky on Broadway, as well as a revival of Six Degrees of Separation in 2017.
He was a leading man at many Off-Broadway and regional theatres, including Theatre for a New Audience, New York City Center, The Vineyard, Second Stage, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
It was in 1987 that he, Kenneth Lonergan, Jon Robin Baitz, Joe Mantello, and a number of other directors and players founded the Naked Angels Theatre Company in Manhattan.
Who was Ned Eisenberg?
Eisenberg gained fame for playing Roger Kressler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
On Law & Order, he first appeared as a defence attorney back in 1997.
On film he was seen in Key Exchange (1985), The Fanelli Boys (1986), The Exterminator (1980), Last Man Standing (1996), The Burning A Civil Action (1998), Million Dollar Baby (2004) (in which he played the role of Joe Rosenthal), Experimenter (2015), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2015), and Brighton Beach Memoirs (2015) on Broadway.
In 1999, he also played the lead role of Ariel on the premiere season of The Sopranos.
Eisenberg and Fisher Stevens (an actor, director, and producer) established the Naked Angels Theatre Company in 1987.
On February 27, 2022, at the age of 65, Eisenberg passed away from complications related to cholangiocarcinoma, also known as cancer of the bile duct.
The Wife of Ned Eisenberg is Who?
Patricia Dunnock and Ned Eisenberg had been married for some time.
Distractify claims that the pair has been together for decades.
In addition to her roles in Serial Mom (1994) and Money Monster (2016), Dunnock is also noted for her work in The Age of Innocence (1999). (1993).
She played the lead role of Eleanor on Law & Order in 2000, and Kelly Sussman on Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2002.
In the words of Biography Daily, Dunnock is worth roughly $500,000 at now.